Planner Influencer Board

As a strategic initiative of the association, Destinations International works to elevate the critical role CVBs have on the event planning process and work to educate CVB members with tools, resources and best practices to successfully deliver that value. The Planner Influencer Board contributes to the association’s overall business events strategy by helping define the key elements CVBs need to deliver on their promise of helping make events successful.

The overall goals for the Planner Influencer Board include:

  • Gaining a better understanding of the trends, drivers, and priorities shaping destination organizations and exploring how CVBs can become a more valuable partner with meeting professionals in light of these influences.
  • Validating the CVB value proposition, ensuring destination organizations are aligned with meeting professionals’ needs and expectations.
  • Reviewing, assessing, and brainstorming product direction and opportunities for improving solutions, interaction, and customer satisfaction.
  • Collaborating on shared business issues, thereby strengthening the relationship between CVB members and customers.

2019-2020 Board Members:

  • Michael Barratt, CMP, Senior Vice President, Meetings and Events, Auto Care Association
  • Matt Burruss, CMP, Event Director, SmithBucklin
  • Eduardo Chaillo, CMP, CMM, CASE, Global Meetings & Tourism Specialists, LLC
  • Windy K. Christner, CMP, Senior Director, Meetings & Expositions, American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
  • Deirdre Clemmons, CMP, Vice President, Meetings, Education and Partnerships, DELP Scholar, Airports Council International
  • Jenna Cummins, CMP, Director, Strategic Accounts, Experient, Inc
  • Kim Dominguez, Certified Facility Manager, Director, Conference and Facilities Management, National Education Association
  • Jill Gately, CMP Director of Event Operations, National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC)
  • Bobby Heard, MBA, CAE , Chief Operating Officer, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Britt Jackman, CMP, Conference and Events, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Michael Jordan
  • Kate Kurkjian, CMP, Event Operations, Zillow
  • Katia McKennon, Principal, Meeting Management Services
  • Garland Preddy, CGMP, Education and Training Consultant, Society of Government Meeting Professionals
  • William Reed, FASAE, CMP, Chief Event Strategy Officer, American Society of Hematology
  • Matthew J. Wales, CMP Vice President, Member Services & Events, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • Alex Zapple, CMP, CEM, Associate Director for Meetings and Member Experience, American Society of Nephrology

Destinations International Staff Liasion

  • Melissa Cherry, Chief Operating Officer